This section offers the latest research and information of interest to agencies and the general public interested in teaching and/or learning about early childhood development.
Human Early Learning Partnership
A New Deal for Families – Does Canada Work for all Generations?
Research now shows how diverse social and environmental factors (the social determinants of health) such as maternal health and education, nutrition, environmental toxins, social conditions such as housing and poverty, and child rearing practices affect how our genetic building blocks (DNA) are expressed. The differences in gene expression contribute to individual differences in health, development and behavior. Social epigenetics is the process by which early life experience influence chemical reactions that in turn alter the ways our genes function or are expressed. And these differences in expression influence lifelong health and wellbeing.
Why do most children follow a developmental path that is highly typical of the social class into which they were born, while others show striking signs of atypical resilience or vulnerability?
Why do some poor children thrive and some advantaged children do not?
Educational Information Sheets
Screen Time and Young Children
5-Myths About Young Children and Screen Media. Click here to learn more about these 5-myths.
We were fortunate to have Dr. Eric M. Meyers, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies – The iSchool@UBC – do a Screen Smart presentation on May 5th at Burnaby Neighbourhood House. He talked about developing screen smart habits for children 0-12 years old. Click here for the Screen Smart-Burnaby 2015-summary
Some recommended screen smart resources are:
- Commonsensemedia.org – They rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools.
- Screensmarts.ca – Is a broad based community education initiative designed to help families better understand how screen media – TV, computers and the internet, – may influence their lives, and suggest ways that parents and children can best manage media at home and at school.
- Commercialfreechildhood.org – advocating for policies to protect children from harmful marketing and to promote commercial-free time and space for kids.
- Caringforkids.cps.ca – information for parents from Canada’s paediatricians.
For the latest research:
Screen time is associated with depression and anxiety in Canadian youth – This study examined the relationships between screen time and symptoms of depression and anxiety in a large community sample of Canadian youth.
Evidence-based guidelines for wise use of electronic games by children – Electronic games (e-games) are widely used by children, often for substantial durations, yet to date there are no evidence-based guidelines regarding their use. The aim of this paper is to …
The Power of Play – Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Newfoundland Labrador
Amazing resources, videos and research. The materials can help you create a workshop, a presentation and be used to inform parents. Click here to access.
The National Association for the Education of Young children (NAEYC)
… promotes high quality learning for all children birth to age 8 by connecting practice, policy and research. 10 things every parent should know about Play! Click here.
Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
… a series of brochures offering information to parents and caregivers on play and child development is available in 11 languages, in addition to English and French. Click here.
Too Hot for Tot! Early Childhood burn prevention program
This program aims to educate parents and caregivers about preventable burn and
scald injuries in the home. The program was developed for community educators to teach parents of children under the age of 5 years how to prevent thermal injuries in the home.For some useful tips and things to know, click for their newsletter here.